Q: How do you stop mold from growing on drywall near a shower?
I have lived in two places now where this is an issue. Inevitable, there is a drywall overhang or lip over the shower door. This creates darkness and a lack of ventilation, which of course creates mold. What is the fix for this? Is there any fix besides redesign? Also, is this mold dangerous? Thanks.
A: Bleach, a household cleaner
To Rid Mildew. A 60/40 mixture of bleach and water should be applied a couple times, allowing to dry each time before painting. Mildew is a fungus that needs to be killed before painting over, and bleach is the best household product that can remedy the area. Keep in mind using bleach mixture in a confined area, breathing this can be harmful, so should also invest in a schedule 2 face mask with charcoal filters would be a good idea.
Is Mold and Fungus harmful? You bet it is, can lead to many symptoms requiring a doctors visit, from headaches to runny noses, and flu like symptoms.
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If mold is growing in a bathroom, there is excess moisture. If there is no ventilation fan, one should be added. If there is an existing fan, you should consider replacing with a fan that can handle a larger volume of air movement. One thing that will help is to make sure you keep your ventilation fan running for up to 10 minutes after you are done running the shower or bath rub.
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